Yesterday, I posted some thoughts about today’s preaching. Here are some additional reflections:
- Preaching ought to humble—even frighten—us. Here’s why: “Ten Reasons Preaching Scares Me.”
- People longing to hear the Word often have a tough time finding good expositors. I hear this reaction often from folks who are seeking a new church home. It’s not surprising some folks find their most significant preaching online.
- The sermon should be the tip of the study iceberg, not the whole iceberg. The whole iceberg is a commentary, not a sermon. In encourage you to write a book if you need to give it all at once.
- Illustrations are great – and necessary, in my opinion – but they can get you in trouble. Claiming somebody else’s illustration is plagiarism. Talking too much about yourself is pride. Even obliquely telling the story of a church member might be betraying a confidence. Be careful.
- The biblical text is always relevant, but our illustrations aren’t always. Overseas, I heard a preacher talk about ice and cars to hearers who had never had either. We can mess up relevance, though, just as much in our own cultural setting.
- Much preaching misses the big story of the Bible. If you haven’t located your sermon within the story of Genesis to Revelation, it’s possible you’re not yet best understanding or teaching the text.
- Some preachers impress with their personality; others impress with their knowledge. Both are off target. Both are sinful, actually.
- Few preachers are good enough to cover up hypocrisy for very long. Somewhere, fake living will become evident if the preacher speaks often enough.
- Preaching teams that evaluate weekly sermons are growing in number. The best preachers I know today meet with a team of reviewers each week. That’s brave. And wise.
- The Internet makes preaching even more difficult. Check out this post to find out why that’s the case.
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